Easy concepts for socially distant seating preparations

It’s hard to believe we’re entering the third year of the Pandemic Doctrine, but here we are! Some districts have no mandates, while others promote preventive action. No matter what we do now, things are likely to change as the school year progresses. At times like these, having a backup plan (and a backup plan for the backup plan) is a good idea! Do you need inspiration for simple socially distant classroom seating arrangements? We’ll cover you!

1. Try offset desks

This teacher moved her desks to make room for her first and second grade students.

Source: Elena Brynildson

2. Use longer tables

If you have access to longer tables, they can help students stay separate.

Source: @mscamilavasconcelos

3. Take a deep dive

An ocean theme with plexiglass partitions can make socially distant seating arrangements more fun.

Source: @ mrs.dunnimdone

4. Create layers

Use desks of different heights and a variety of seating to keep things interesting!

Source: @thedelightfulmrsdetine

5. Try trio seating

In neighborhoods where students face each other, this is a good option and makes group work easier.

Source: @middleschoolfrolics

6. Relocate the layout

Keep it simple and keep your wits about it, especially if you have a big class!

Source: @mrslesserismore

7. Be flexible

This teacher cut up old yoga mats for easy floor seating.

Source: @ mehermagic_ms.karima

8. Create storage

Dividers help with separation, and storage can be removed from walls and next to desks to create more space.

Source: @thedepaulschoolalumni

9. Use all the space

Can’t have a morning meeting? Make use of the carpet room with additional seating.

Source: @thewanderingteach

10. Mark the spot

Use duct tape to facilitate socially distant seating arrangements. Make sure everyone is in the right place at a glance!

Source: @ausomelyasd

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